Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Bring New Music to Webster Hall

September 13th, 2012

Legend has it Ariel Rosenberg passed members of Animal Collective one of his home-recorded cassettes on tour. When they finally got around to listening to it they vowed to release it on their own Paw Tracks label, and Ariel Pink was born. He defies categorization because his songs don’t fit into any specific era of sound, combining everything from ’70s smooth jazz with super-produced Thriller-era ’80s dance beats. He records with such disregard for traditional techniques that the sound becomes its own unique whole, a combination that had, unfortunately, been difficult to re-create live. This was the dilemma Pink had created for himself in the past, but thanks to his incredible backing band, Haunted Graffiti (Kenny Gilmore on keys and guitar, and Tim Koh on bass), he now very capably pulls off songs from the recently released Mature Themes and 2010’s Before Today—each equally loved by Pitchfork—onstage. See for yourself when Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (above, doing “Bright Lit Blue Skies,” for Fader TV) play Webster Hall tomorrow night—Jason Dean